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Art Against Art #4



The art market is being kept alive with constant stimulus in the form of Venice-Basel-Kassel-Athens-Frieze-TEFAF. As the series of electric shocks continue, the art market is still in a period of reconfiguration trying to find longevity in the new. Whereas the art fair format inherently lacks culture – merely being a market place/forum for where exchange takes place – the biennial format has become too broad to create lasting cultural meaning; therefore the art market must look elsewhere for metrics of value. But if it only finds mirrors of its own logic (the free market itself), it will do nothing more than to accelerate the process upon which it has been organizing itself.

Definitions of culture have traditionally meant that the market can reflect on them too to prevent it from being flippant and volatile. The free market functions anchorless and incomprehensible without definitions – landmines of bubbles created without any meta signifier or even private collections and museums springing up that hang on the whim of the collector/personality/entrepreneur rather than frames of reference that create wider cultural value.

Contemporary art will only be able to reach the appreciation and longevity of modern art when…

– The Editors


Iain Robertson – What Drives the Value of Art?
Taslima Ahmed – Burning Man and the New Face of Art
Interview with Klaus Theweleit – No One Wins, It’s a War of Men – The Need for Cyborgs with Enhanced Human Potentials
Image Spread by Guan Xiao
Andrew Rankin – The Dangerous Art of Yukio Mishima
Antek Walczak – Boredom Year Point Oh
Image spread by Jeff Berwick
Samuel Veissière – Is the Self a Tulpa?
Artist edition by Marina Pinsky

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Texte Zur Kunst No. 106

The theme of this issue – The New New Left – is not entirely “new new,” as indeed it relates to the old anti-capitalist Left in its insistence on a theoretical analysis of capitalism and the price paid by many in such a system. But as the discourses and strategies long associated with the Left (workerism, identity politics, or the mode of the avant-gardist troll) have been adopted by anti-progressive outlets, it has become increasingly complex to locate a Left stance from which to effectively speak and act. This issue explores the affective mechanisms and media strategies – from the rise of viral content (memes) to the harvesting and right-wing politicization of emotions – that are producing our post-millennial, post-financial crisis, post-Brexit/Trump present.

Issue No. 106 / June 2017 “The New New Left“

Table Of Contents

Cultural Resources / Sabine Hark And Sighard Neckel In Conversation On Feelings Of Resentment And Revenge

Verena Dengler
Fake Left, Punch Right

Jaleh Mansoor
Unveiling And/Or Re-Masking / Notes On The Political Dialectics Of The Opacity Of The Sign

Seth Price
Wrong Seeing, Odd Thinking, Strange Action

Matt Goerzen
Notes Toward The Memes Of Production

Diedrich Diederichsen
The Tough Stuff / “Populism,” “Political Correctness,” And The Like

Simon Denny
Face The Market On Your Own

Klaus Walter
Liberté, Egalité, Beyoncé?

Dan Bodan
Europe, 2016-17 / Selected Status Updates Of Recent Months

Kayode Ojo
Become What You Fear

New Development
Ana Teixeira Pinto
Artwashing / Nrx And The Alt-Right

Obsessive, Compulsive, Disorder / Johanna Burton On Douglas Crimp’s “Before Pictures”
Probing Attitudes / Philipp Ekardt On “Putting Rehearsals To The Test” (Buchmann, Lafer, Ruhm, Eds.)
In Experimenten Seine Vernunft Aufs Spiel Setzen / Stefan Römer Über Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, „Der Kupferstecher Und Der Philosoph. Albert Flocon Trifft Gaston Bachelard“

Nachrichten Aus Der Ideologischen Antike / Georg Imdahl Über Wade Guyton Im Museum Brandhorst
Schwere Verspannungen Lösen / Eva Scharrer Über Nairy Baghramian Im S.M.A.K. In Gent
Deviant Art / Dena Yago On Danny Mcdonald At House Of Gaga, Los Angeles
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is / Tina Schulz Über Nora Schultz Bei Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
Reverse Cubism Als Betrachtungsirrtum / Gunter Reski Über Pieter Schoolwerth Bei Capitain Petzel, Berlin
Mad World / Steven Warwick On Liz Craft & Pentti ­Monkkonen At Liszt, Berlin
Public Viewing / Moritz Scheper Über Sadie Benning In Der Kunsthalle Basel
Eye In The Sky / Ilya Lipkin On Ned Vena At Societé, Berlin
Kritische Stoffe, Shoppinglust Und ­Andere Ambivalenzen / Ines Kleesattel Über Ines Doujak (Und John Barker) Im Württembergischen Kunstverein
In Einem Anderem Land / Christian Kravagna Über „The Color Line“ Im Musée Du Quai Branly, Paris
Mehr Epistemischer Ungehorsam! / Susanne Witzgall Über „Postwar: Kunst Zwischen Pazifik Und Atlantik 1945–1965“ Im Haus Der Kunst, München
With Or Without / Christian Philipp Müller On Yuji Agematsu At Miguel Abreu Gallery, Nyc
Kommunikation Ist Kein Objekt / Fiona Geuß Über Ian Wilson In Den Kw Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin

Gustav Metzger (1926–2017): Ein Nachruf Von Sabine Breitwieser


Anne Imhof
Sean Landers

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Dissect 3

The cultural framework and biopolitics of capitalist globalisation has resulted in an increased concentration on the body as a site of production—in contemporary art as in life. Just as the historical avant-gardes sought to overcome art’s autonomous and isolated relationship to society by way of inviting in the ‘praxis of life’; so do contemporary artists whose focus is bodies and subjectivities. In an ever-emergent bio-economy, it is not just the body, but subjects and their lives that are crucial to value creation.

Philip Auslander, Dodie Bellamy, Eva Birch, Cristine Brache, Ramsay Burt, Travis Chamberlain, Amy Charlesworth, James Ferraro, Karen Finley, Andrea Fraser, Tim Gentles, Isabelle Graw, Amelia Groom, Aurelia Guo, K8 Hardy, Chris Kraus, Ruth O’Leary, Tanja Ostojic, Carol Que, Ander Rennick, Audrey Schmidt, Phebe Schmidt, Eleanor Ivory Weber, Katie West, Amelia Winata, Jarrod Zlatic

Designed by Clare Wohlnick
Edited by Audrey Schmidt, Chloe Sugden and Zoe Theodore

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The Exhibitionist : Journal On Exhibition Making
The First Six Years (edited by Jens Hoffmann)

Edited with introduction by Jens Hoffmann.

A journal by curators for curators, The Exhibitionist has asked the most pertinent questions on contemporary exhibition-making since its founding in 2009.

The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making is an anthology of the first 12 issues of the journal about contemporary curating that bears the same name. Established in 2009 as a forum for critical reflection on exhibition-making and curatorial practice, The Exhibitionist has always defined itself as “by curators, for curators.” Modelled after the iconic French film journal Cahiers du cinéma, The Exhibitionist has served a critical role in examining current curatorial practices by focusing specifically on the exhibition format as a site of experimentation and inquiry. The Exhibitionist has historicized, analyzed and critiqued a phenomenon it is itself symptomatic of—the rise of the curator since the 1960s, the ensuing explosion of curatorial creativity and the growing fascination with the discipline of curating.

Over the six years of its run, The Exhibitionist has published writings from many of the most prominent curatorial voices in the field, offering a who’s who of curatorial practice; contributors include Okwui Enwezor, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mary Jane Jacob, Nato Thompson, Jessica Morgan, Maria Lind, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy and Massimiliano Gioni, to name just a select few.

Collected together in a monumental omnibus edition (clocking in at 975 pages), the complete run of the journal is accompanied by a new introduction by founding editor Jens Hoffmann, and a critical approach to a theory of the exhibition by senior editor Julian Myers-Szupinska. With the publication of this volume, The Exhibitionist closes a chapter of its existence as a print magazine and shifts its activities to

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